It's very hard not to get emotionally involved with some of the stories I've cover on my radio shows especially those heartbreaking stories of young people who are terminally ill. As I write this I am working with Katherine Crowe - a mother with terminal breast cancer who is trying to secure hope and dreams for her children and family.
Another one of my past guests is a young American girl Megan Kowalewski who is also fighting a very aggressive form of cancer. Megan, age 24, was diagnosed with lymphoma over two years ago and has been in treatments ever since.
The final story is not about a person who is gravely ill in fact she is very healthy . it's simply about an
extraordinary 10 year old Gracie McNulty who feeds the homeless on Christmas day. I< came across Gracie when I interviewed her about giving up Christmas Day to help others: Gracie's father died in an accident, she wasn’t sure how to cope with her first Christmas without him.
So she decided to abandon the usual family festivities – and make her father’s last Christmas wish come true instead.
With the help of her mother and three siblings, Gracie served turkey with all the trimmings to 50 homeless people.
Her father Craig, 38, was a regular charity volunteer who had served breakfast to the homeless on Boxing Day in the past, and he had promised to open the family’s cafe on Christmas Day.
Gracie’s mother Sharon McNulty, 46, who runs the Grilled and Filtered cafe in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, said: ‘After he died Gracie said to me “I don’t want to have Christmas at home this year, I want to do what daddy wanted and open the cafe on Christmas Day.
‘It wouldn’t feel right to celebrate so we’re serving Christmas dinner to people who don’t have a home to go to.’ She added: ‘We’re all thinking of Craig. It’s all in his honour and he would be so happy with what we are doing.
It’s been absolutely fantastic, just to see their faces when they walked in. We’ve bought everybody thermal gloves, thermal scarves, and thermal socks and have also made sandwiches for them to take away.’
So moved was I by Gracie's story that I set up a Facebook page for her which I named Gracie's Mission http://www.facebook.com/GraciesMission
I feel privileged to know these remarkable young women and I belive should be an inspiration to us all?